For nearly ninety days, Occupy Bloomington has been occupying People’s Park in Bloomington just blocks away from the Indiana University campus. They have been bringing the message of the 99% to a college town. But now their effort faces a significant setback as Mayor Mark Kruzan has occupiers evicted by noon today.
I have been following all news related to Occupy closely since September 17 and I visited Occupy Bloomington on my Midwest tour of occupations in late October. As far as I could tell, the city was politically more permissive toward Occupy Bloomington than most cities. To have lasted into 2012 like they have done, the city would have to be on some level respectful of their First Amendment rights to be in the park.